musicAeterna | Teodor Currentzis | soloists


Sat, 04.04. | 18.30 | No. 20105

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Teodor - Cancelled

01.04.-04.04. 2020





    musicAeterna | Teodor Currentzis | soloists

    (Vitaly Polonsky chorus master)

    Janai Brugger  soprano
    Josy Santos  mezzo-soprano
    Michael Nagy  baritone
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

    For Teodor Currentzis, “Beethoven is Beethoven”: He sees the allegedly classical master as a revolutionary who cannot be confined to any single era but who transcends his time, remaining relevant up to the present. The Greek conductor believes that this is one of the reasons why Beethoven’s music can be performed over and over and is amenable to very different interpretations – like an oracle that never reveals its secret. No wonder that Currentzis constantly grapples with this monolith of music history and is only too glad to include him on his programs. So, too, in the 2020 Beethoven Year. In Lucerne, with the choir and orchestra of his ensemble musicAeterna, Currentzis will lead a performance of the most powerful of all nine Beethoven symphonies, proclaiming the message that all humanity belongs together, even – and especially – in times of social polarization: “This kiss for the whole world!” And Currentzis, a gifted, ecstatic conductor, can be counted on to enhance the finale’s famous melody of joy and Beethoven’s message to life with moving, all-embracing expression.


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    The ensemble musicAeterna, which comprises an orchestra and a chorus, was founded in Novosibirsk in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis with the goal of covering a broad repertoire that ranges from the Baroque up into the present. From 2011 until 2019, the ensemble was headquartered at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater (near the Urals), where it performed annually in a number of productions. Since September 2019 it has been working  independently and financed by the private sector. musicAeterna has developed in recent years into a genuine major export. Together with Teodor Currentzis, the orchestra and chorus have performed in Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Brussels, Lisbon, Helsinki, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, and, at the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic, in the latter’s hall at the Philharmonie. Opera productions have taken them to the Ruhrtriennale, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the Festspielhaus Ba-den-Baden. They also enjoy a close partnership with the Salzburg Festival, where musicAeterna made its debut in 2017 with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito; with Currentzis, the ensemble will return there in coming years to perform Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Bach’s B minor Mass. At the beginning of 2019, the ensemble undertook its first Japanese tour, and later this year comes its debut in New York with Verdi’s Requiem. musicAeterna has premiered a number of new works, including Dmitri Kourliandski’s opera Nosferatu, Philippe Hersant’s Tristia, and Alexei Syumak’s one-act Cantos. The ensemble and Currentzis have released many recordings in recent years, including their highly touted Mozart-Da Ponte cycle comprising Le nozze di Figaro (2013), Così fan tutte (2014), and Don Giovanni (2016). For these and other recordings, they have received the German Record Critics’ Prize, the Echo Klassik, and the Diapason d’or. In addition, musicAeterna has won the Russian National Theater’s Golden Mask Award 17 times.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 25 March 2015, performing an all-Rameau program led by Teodor Currentzis.

    August 2019

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    Teodor Currentzis

    Teodor Currentzis, who was born in 1972 in Athens, initially studied violin and composition at the National Conservatory of his native city. He moved to St. Petersburg in 1994, graduating with a master’s degree from the conducting program led by Ilya Musin, the legendary teacher whose conducting students have also included Semyon Bychkov and Valery Gergiev. Currentzis’ first leadership position brought him to the Novosibirsk State Opera in 2004, where he was General Music Director for six years. From 2011 through the summer of 2019, he served as Music Director of the State Opera House in Perm, where he also helms the Diaghilev Festival. He has won international renown with musicAeterna, an orchestra and chorus that he founded in 2004. With these musicians he has performed at such venues as the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Berlin Philharmonie. As an opera conductor, Currentzis has appeared at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, Bavarian Staatsoper, Zurich Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in 2017, and he conducted all nine Beethoven symphonies there in 2018 and, in 2019, Mozart’s Idomeneo. Currentzis began his tenure as Principal Conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2018; in recent months they have focused on symphonies by Mahler, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich, additionally performing these works at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. With musicAeterna he undertook a tour to Japan for the first time in February 2019. Teodor Currentzis has received the Golden Mask, the Russian National Theater prize, seven times; the critics of Opernwelt magazine voted him Conductor of the Year in 2016. His most recent recording is an account of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 25 March 2015, with musicAeterna in an all-Rameau program.

    August 2019

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    Janai Brugger

    Josy Santos

    Mingjie Lei

    The tenor Mingjie Lei, who was born in Hengyang, China, graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in New York in 2013 and continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he received his diploma. From 2015 to 2017, Lei acquired his first stage experiences as a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 2016 he completed the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, which engaged him the following year for a performance of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. Since 2018, Mingjie Lei has been a member of the ensemble at the Stuttgart State Opera, where he has performed Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. In December 2019 he makes his debut at the Zurich Opera House with Rossini’s Il turco in Italia. Mingjie Lei is a winner of the Neue Stimmen Singing Competition (2017) and the ARD Music Competition in Munich (2018).

    July 2019

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    Michael Nagy

    The German baritone Michael Nagy, who was born in 1976 to a family with Hungarian roots, had his first musical training as a member of the Hymnus Choirboys of Stuttgart. He completed his vocal studies with Rudolf Piernay at the Mannheim Academy of Music and studied art song interpretation with Irwin Gage in Saarbrücken; he additionally took lessons in conducting for two years. In 2004 Nagy won the International Lied Competition of the Hugo Wolf Academy in Stuttgart and became a member of the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin. After two seasons he transferred to Frankfurt Opera, where he was a member for five years before becoming a freelance artist. Nagy’s repertoire ranges from Baroque opera to works of the 20th century and encompasses German as well as Italian and French roles. He has performed Count Luna in Pfitzner’s Palestrina at the Bavarian Staatsoper and Nardo in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at the Theater an der Wien under René Jacobs. In 2011 Nagy made his debut as Wolfram in Tannhäuser at the Bayreuth Festival, and in 2013 he appeared as Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute under the baton of Simon Rattle at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival. As a concert singer he regularly collaborates with Philippe Herreweghe, some examples including performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in New York and of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Amsterdam. Riccardo Chailly, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, and Helmuth Rilling are also among his artistic partners. The art song is of special importance for Nagy, who recently was joined by Gerold Huber to present an evening of Eichendorff in Frankfurt and Cologne.

    May 2013


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